Welll… Dreamgirls was a Broadway success (it was a Broadway musical before the film adaptation in 2006), so why not Sparkle, right? In fact, wasn’t the original Sparkle movie (released in 1976) an inspiration for the initial Dreamgirls Broadway production of 1981?
Howard Rosenman, the executive producer of the upcoming Sparkle remake (he was also producer of the original Sparkle movie in 1976) told Forbes magazine he will “convert Sparkle into a Broadway production once the movie has its run” this summer.
Rosenman said he’s seen footage from the film and is very excited about this remake, believing the he has a definite hit on his hands, and adding that Whitney Houston is “very good” in it.
“And I can tell you this one is so much better. And people will be blown away by Whitney. She sings gospel, and she’s phenomenal… And believe me, we didn’t need this publicity. I’d rather have her back right now,” Rosenman said.
As I noted in a post yesterday, suddenly this Sparkle remake, which really may have done modest box office a la the Akil’s last film, Jumping The Broom, looks like it could very well exceed all expectations, as audiences rush to the theaters to see Whitney’s last big screen performance!
As for Mr Rosenman’s stated intent to transfer the film to Broadway… *shrug*